Friday, August 29, 2008

Beginner Arm Warmer #6 Baby Blue




 
Baby Blue Knitted Arm Warmer Pattern

This arm warmer pattern is great for a beginner knitter because you only use the cable needle one time. Use a nice soft yarn so your skin doesn't get irritated.  Give it a try!

Instructions Here

If you have any questions on the pattern  please let me know!

Heather

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Silky Purple Arm Warmer #4


This is my Silky Purple Arm Warmer pattern. It's beautiful cable pattern. It’s repeated twice as you can see in the photographs. The underside is knit with, what I call, a slip stitch ribbing. It make it really strong and holds the arm warmer in place. I have a 6 inch wrist so I made the width 6 1/2 inches.

Remember to do a loose bind off otherwise it can be tight enough to cut the circulation off in your arm. I used Vanna White yarn. Only 1 skein is needed for the pair


CO: 30
Approx. 65 yards of yarn per arm warmer
Yarn: Vanna White, Eggplant (purple)
Finished Size: 9 x 6.5inches
56 rows completed

Monday, August 25, 2008

Slow and Easy Cable (Arm Warmer #2)




$3.00


This is one of my favorite arm warmer cable patterns. It has a consistent pattern which is nice because you can stop the arm warmer at any height and it won't look like you interrupted the pattern in any way.

The underside is made up of a slip stitch pattern. That makes it more durable. You can take it off and on and it won't stretch out. It's tight but comfortable at the same time.

It's great for a beginner. Cables are the first thing I dove into when I learned how to do the basics. You're doing the same cable so it won't confuse you if you are new to this kind of design.

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Tips:
I don't use the cable needles you see in stores. There are a couple of reasons. I've never found a straight one. What I use is a blue yarn needle that is sold in just about every store. If you were to use a straight metal yarn needle the stitches would fall right off. When I use the plastic kind I have no problems. They do sell the metal cable needles that look like wings and a hook. I can't hold them properly and they get caught on the yarn. Find what works best for you.

Also.....when doing cables I only use circular needles. This way the when working with the cable needle I don’t have to worry about the left knitting needle falling down,  It's hard to keep everything in place with straight needed. When using circulars everything is connected. That's just my opinion if straight needles work for you by all means use them.

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 Here is some of the information on the pattern so you have an idea of what to expect.


Made Flat, not in the round
Skill Level: Beginner with knowledge of Cables
Yarn: Caron 1 pound - Sky Blue
Finished Size: 9 inch tall by 7 inches wide.
CO: 29
Rows: 40
Amount of Yarn Needed: 60 yards approx for the pair
Needle Size: US 11
Gauge: 4.5 sts and 2.75 rows = 1 inches

ABBREVIATIONS:
C4B = Slip 1 to cable needle, K3 then K1 from cable needle
WYIB = With Yarn in Back, as if to knit
S1= Slip 1, as if to purl


Right Cross Video if needed
:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxulTZA1cLA

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2 ways to purchase the pattern:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/slow-and-easy-cabled-arm-warmer
You can purchase this pattern by going to the link above. It will take you to Ravelry.com. Don't worry you don't have to be a member to purchase it. It will go through Paypal.
Also, you can click the “Buy Now” link below
Cost: $3.00



You can purchase it through myEtsy store
If you have any problems going through the links you can let me know by leaving a comment. If you leave your email address I can contact you back. Don't worry I have to approve all comments so I won't publish it. If you don't want to leave your email address I will publish the question and respond.


Thanks for visiting!
Heather

3 Strand Cable Stitch Pattern

3 Strand Cable Stitch Pattern with Garter St. border
You can use this stitch border to create a number of items. I'm using this for a blanket. You can create a scarf etc..... You only have to cast on 30 stitches. I used Caron 1 pound Worsted Weight Yarn. I used US 10.5 needles. It measures 6 x 9 inches.
Download the PDF with instructions at:  http://www.mediafire.com/?qo9fsa8kaee5wf1
Link Fixed 3/24/12
Thanks
Heather

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Soft cabled Arm Warmer #1

SOFT CABLED ARM WARMER

$3.00

This is a great knitted arm warmer to make. This was the first one I made. It's an elegant cable pattern.  You are only using the cable needle 2 times in every row repeat. It's definitely something a beginner can do easily.

The underside, as you can see below on the sides, is a slip stitch pattern that makes it very comfortable and durable. You can go in and out of it without stretching it out. It's like having comfortable elastic. Definitely cozy warm AND it won't move around on your while wearing it.




Completed Arm warmer


I wanted to give you some tips along with some information that you will see if you purchase the pattern. I don't want you to go in blind sort of speak. At least this way you have an idea of what the pattern may be.

TIPS
If you're new to knitting cables and you need some advice on the needle to use....I don't use the cable needles you see in stores. There are a couple of reasons. I've never found a straight one. What I use is a blue yarn needle that is sold in just about every store. If you were to use a straight metal yarn needle the stitches would fall right off. When I use the plastic kind I have no problems. They do sell the metal cable needles that look like wings and a hook. I can't hold them properly and they get caught on the yarn. Find what works best for you.

Another tip……When doing cables I only use circular needles. This way the when working with the cable needle I don’t have to worry about the left knitting needle falling down,  It's hard to keep everything in place with straight needed. When using circulars everything is connected. That's just my opinion if straight needles work for you by all means use them.

This pattern is made flat, not in the round. Sewing instructions included. I do have a diagram of a possible sewing technique. See below.


Further information....
CO: 29
Yards Used: approx. 70 yards
Finished Size: 6 inches wide by 8 inches high (but can easily make it longer or shorter)
Needle Size: 10.5 US
Yarn used: Utopia or any soft worsted weight yarn needed
Gauge: 4.75 stitches per inch

Rows: Do 1-26 then do rows 5-26 until you reach your desired length.

Cable Videos to help you out if needed.: 
Left Cross: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZYKWm0JtEI
Right Cross:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxulTZA1cLA

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2 Ways to Purchase this Arm Warmer Pattern:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/soft-cabled-arm-warmer
You can purchase this pattern by going to the link above. It will take you to Ravelry.com. Don't worry you don't have to be a member to purchase it. It will go through Paypal.
Also, you can click the “Buy Now” link below.


Cost: $3.00



You can purchase it through myEtsy store
If you have any problems going through the links you can let me know by leaving a comment. If you leave your email address I can contact you back. Don't worry I have to approve all comments so I won't publish it. If you don't want to leave your email address I will publish the question and respond.

Thanks!
Heather

Simple Split Granite Arm Warmer

Caron 1 Pound Yarn

Vanna White Lionbrand yarn, Purple Mist



This is a great knit arm warmer pattern for a beginner and it's a quick project. It only uses knits and purls to create it. You're repeating rows 1-12 but I wrote out the row numbers. You can make it as long as you would like.  You're basically making a 

I usually add 1/2 inch to the measurement of the wrist this is going to be on. I have a 6 inch wrist so I make mine 6 1/2 inches.

Thumb hole? Yes, see sewing instructions
Yarn Used: Caron One Pound Worsted Weight, Blue
Vanna White Purple Mist
CO: 23 or any odd number of stitches
Rows Completed: 54
Finished Size: 6 x 9 inches
Needle Size: 11 US
Made: Flat

Abbreviations:
WYIB = With yarn in back (as if to knit)
S1 = Slip 1 stitch as if to purl
* * = Repeat the instructions between * & *

PATTERN:
Rows 1,3,5,13,15,17,25,27,29,37,39,41,49,51,53:
P1,(WYIB , S1, P1) x 11

Rows 2-54 and all even rows: Purl all stitches

Rows 7,9,11,19,21,23,31,33,35,43,45,47:
P2,(WYIB , S1, P1) x 11 End last repeat with P2


FINISHING
  1. It’s important to do a loose bind off or it will squeeze your hand/arm. That's not to comfortable, trust me. I've made that mistake a couple of times.
  2. I always do a purl bind off no matter what stitch the last row is comprised of. It's so much more attractive then a knitted one. It's up to you.
  1. When you end your last row cut your yarn and leave a tail. You will tie a knot to secure the sewing and then you can weave it in.


Sewing your arm warmer together

If you have your own method of sewing by all means do that. If you need instructions then I can tell you how to sew it together.

Place the arm warmer with the right side facing down. Then take the sides and fold them in ward. Pin the top of it as you're working.

  1. Now thread your yarn needle.
  1. Start sewing by threading your needle through the purl bump closest to the edge then put your needle through the purl bump closest to the edge on the opposite side. Pull the yarn through leaving about 4 inches and tie a loose knot (so it doesn't squeeze your wrist). Then tie another knot tightly to secure the first one.
  1. Now, whatever side your yarn needle is on, **go up a little and put your yarn needle through the purl bump closest to the edge and go straight across to the other side and do the same.** repeat the instructions between the asterisks. The diagram shows how to do it.
  2. Pull tight every couple of inches.

5. You can also pin where the thumb hole is going to be, if you want one. To do that lay it flat and slip your hand in it just like you would when wearing it. Use 2 safety pins where you want the beginning and end to be. When you get to the 1st safety pin weave the yarn into the sides until you get to the top pin and continue sewing again.

When you get to the very top do the last stitch and pull it tight (but not to tight) and tie a knot if you have a tail from when you finish your warmer.

If you ever have any questions please leave a comment on this post.

Thanks!!
Heather